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Stem Cell Treatment – Glastonbury, CT

How We Help Your Body
Rebuild Itself

Man smiling thanks to pain relief from stem cell treatment

Our physicians are national leaders and pioneers in the use of Stem Cell Treatments for orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and aesthetic conditions. We began performing bone marrow-derived stem cell treatments in 2008 and fat-derived stem cell treatments in 2009 – the first in New England for both and among the first in the entire country. Few practices in the country have our level of skill and experience. We offer a range of solutions using stem cell treatment in Glastonbury, CT at Valley Sports Physicians & Orthopedic Medicine.

Why Choose Valley Sports Physicians & Orthopedic Medicine?

The Uniqueness of
Stem Cells

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Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in the body that have the potential to turn into other types of cells and body tissues. But they also serve an important signaling functioning, recruiting other stem cells to the target area and triggering nearby cells to begin the repair process. In fact, most scientists think that this messenger activity is the main way that stem cells work. Think of stem cells as the Conductor of an orchestra. By himself, the Conductor can only make a little music (if he plays the piano or violin, for example). But when directing an orchestra—with LOTS of other musicians, instruments, sheet music, etc.—the Conductor can coordinate the performance of a magnificent symphony!

Stem Cell

Team member placing blood into plasma seperator

It’s important to note that currently there is no such thing as a pure stem cell treatment. Whether derived from bone marrow or fat, the solution that gets injected contains many types of cells, not just stem cells. It also contains healing proteins and growth factors. It’s the total package of stem cells, other cells, and the associated proteins & growth factors that’s involved in the healing response.

Not all Stem Cell Treatments are the Same!

Dr. Tortland performing stem cell treatment

While the use of stem cells is gaining in popularity, it’s important to note that not all stem cell treatments are the same. How the stem cells are obtained, and how they’re processed, both can have a major impact on effectiveness. In addition, even the best stem cell products will be minimally effective if not administered properly. At our affiliate practice, the New England Stem Cell Institute, they use the latest technology to harvest your stem cells to ensure the highest quality product. They also perform all of the injections under direct ultrasound guidance. So, you can be assured of the safest, most accurate treatment.

Conditions Treated
by Stem Cells

Dr. Tortland treating patient with stem cell therapy

Stem Cells are used most commonly to treat the following conditions:

To learn more about stem cells and stem cell treatments, click HERE for a free Regenerative Medicine e-book .

(NOTE: All of our Stem Cell treatments are performed by our affiliate, the New England Stem Cell Institute.)

Stem Cell Therapy FAQs

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Stem cell therapy is a hot topic in medicine, and all the talk about it can get a little confusing. Fortunately, we are here to clear things up for you. Below, you will find answers to some commonly asked questions about this form of regenerative medicine. If you don’t see the information you were hoping for, call the team at the New England Stem Cell Institute. They will be happy to personally assist you!

Is Stem Cell Therapy Ethical?

It is important to keep in mind that there are different types of stem cells. Dr. Tortland uses only adult stem cells that have been harvested from a patient’s own body. Therefore, nothing and no one is harmed during the treatment process. It is completely ethical from even a very conservative point of view.

Embryonic stem cells, on the other hand, necessitate the destruction of human embryos. They are sometimes used during various types of research. Due to widely differing views about when human life begins, their use is a topic for controversy in many circles.

How Are Adult Stem Cells Obtained?

There are a couple of different ways to harvest adult stem cells. Sometimes, they are taken from a patient’s bone marrow. In other cases, they are obtained from a patient’s fatty tissues or from their blood. The harvesting method used in each case depends on which type of adult stem cells would be most beneficial for the situation at hand.

Are Treatments Using My Own Stem Cells Safe?

Since the stem cells are harvested from your own body, it is virtually impossible for you to have an adverse reaction to them. However, keep in mind that no medical treatment is 100% risk-free. There is a very small chance that the methods used in extracting and preparing the stem cells could modify them, leading to unforeseen consequences.

You should not worry unduly about having an undesired outcome from stem cell therapy. Dr. Tortland is a leader in his field and takes every precaution to ensure patient safety.

When Will I Experience Results from My Stem Cell Treatment?

People heal at different rates, so it is difficult to predict when you might notice improvements. Often, patients experience a reduction in pain after just a few months. However, healing may continue for up to a year.

Is Stem Cell Therapy Painful?

Dr. Tortland takes measures to promote patient comfort whenever he is extracting stem cells. For example, the extraction site is usually numbed by local anesthesia. However, if your stem cells are being taken from your bone marrow, you will still experience some discomfort because bone marrow cannot be numbed. In some cases, sedatives are used to help patients relax during their treatment.

It is normal to experience some soreness at the extraction site after the procedure. For most patients, this issue wears off relatively quickly.

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